Looking for a Texas getaway for a day or longer to discover all that Texas has to offer? If you’re heading out from New Braunfels in the Texas Hill Country (and if you’re not in the Hill Country, you should be!), you’ll have a wealth of things to see and do within easy day trip distance.
Since you’re already in the Texas Hill Country, start by checking out the local area. Between the scenic rolling hills, the great area shopping and restaurants, all the unique wineries along the Texas Wine Trail, and the master-planned communities like Vintage Oaks that allow you to permanently capture a piece of the Hill Country lifestyle for yourself, it might be hard for you to leave.
New Braunfels—0 miles
Starting from New Braunfels, cool off at Schllitterbahn or go tubing on the Comal River. Then, head into historic Gruene, where you can soak in more than a century’s worth of history while enjoying some of the best food in Texas at the Gristmill. If you’re anywhere near Gruene at night, head to the famed Gruene Hall for live music, where you just might catch a legend.
Everything from wine tasting to hiking to birding is better in Fredericksburg. If you’re visiting in the spring, you’ll be surrounded by a world of wildflowers. You can’t pick the bluebonnets, but you can buy some wildflower seeds at Wildseed Farms, the nation’s largest wildflower farm, located just outside the city. Here in summer? Stop at one of the many roadside stands you see for juicy Texas peaches or pick your own!
Bryan-College Station—138 miles
Whether or not you have caught the Aggie spirit, Bryan-College Station is a great place to spend the day—or longer. Downtown Bryan is filled with antique shops and quaint boutiques. For a little history, don’t miss the chance to stop in to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum. If you decide you don’t want to leave, grab a piece of Texas land for sale in serene master-planned community and call the area home.
For great museums, an array of professional sports, and the Johnson Space Center, a trip to Houston is a must-do. Looking to beat the summer heat? Houston is filled with water parks and water features, and is an easy drive from the beach. Or, escape to the 6.5-mile underground city.
A Texas getaway to Austin is part fun, part funky, part fancy, with a dip in the cool waters of the Barton Springs Pool, a tour of the Texas State Capitol Building, and a viewing of the Congress Avenue Bats all vying for attention. Annual music festivals bring out locals and tourists alike and are just one of the reasons Austin is known as a top place to visit.
Halfway between Houston and Austin, Brenham is known for two things: bluebonnets and Bluebell. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce in the spring for a map guiding you to the best spots for viewing the favorite Texas flower, and visit the Bluebell Ice Cream Factory for weekday tours (it includes a free scoop!). The Country Store and Parlor is open daily.
San Antonio—170 miles
The home of Texas history and Texas-size fun really delivers. Don’t miss the historic missions and the Alamo. When you’re done, the three-mile Riverwalk is an oasis in the middle of the city, with shops, restaurants, hotels, and scenic boat rides down the San Antonio River. In April, the 10-day Fiesta San Antonio transforms the city into a multicultural family celebration.
Corpus Christi—169 miles
For pure relaxation, Texans swear by Corpus Christi, widely considered the best beach in the state. If you’re making your Texas getaway to Corpus, be sure to check out the aircraft carrier The USS Lexington, and the Texas State Aquarium.
A trip to Dallas leaves plenty of time to enjoy the city’s highlights. Two of its newest, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, are also two of its most popular. Fair Park, home of the Texas State Fair, offers year-around fun and education with thrill rides and museums. If it’s fun on the water you’re looking for, be sure to check out Joe Pool Lake for recreational excitement and special opportunities for lakeside living.
The Texas oil boom began in Beaumont, and touring its mansions and museums, it’s easy to see how they enjoyed life. You’ll enjoy your stay in “Texas with a little something extra,” with great Cajun food and culture just a few hours from home.
Still looking for something to do? How about taking a tour of the premier master-planned community in the Texas Hill Country. Vintage Oaks, located on the Texas Wine Trail, offers 3,300 acres of rolling hills, stunning views and resort-style amenities, with 1- to 5-acre homesites and single family homes. Visit Vintage Oaks for more information.